Neighborly Acquires the U.K.’s Dream Doors, Its 22nd Service Brand

March 15, 2019

Neighborly, formerly Dwyer Group, has been on a buying spree since being acquired in mid-2018 by Harvest Partners, a New York-based private equity firm.

The latest acquisition is Dream Doors, which has 91 locally owned and operated franchise showrooms in the U.K. Dream Doors specializes in fully fitted kitchen makeovers, bedroom wardrobes, replacement doors and countertops, and installing new appliances.

The acquisition brings Neighborly’s brands to a total of 8 brands and four campuses based in Europe. Globally, the deal increases the number of Neighborly’s brands to 22, with $2 billion in annual system-wide revenue and nearly 3,700 franchisees.

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“Dream Doors has delivered on its promise of ‘new life for old kitchens and bedrooms’ for the past 20 years, making the brand a perfect complement to Neighborly Brands’ community of premium home services,” said Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of Neighborly in a press release.

Based in Portsmouth in the south of England, Dream Doors was founded to provide kitchen makeovers, and expanded to offer custom wardrobes in bedrooms. Following the acquisition, founder and Chairman Troy Tappenden will be stepping down and departing the company. Dream Doors will continue to be overseen by Managing Director Philip Carr, who has been instrumental in implementing the brand’s long-term expansion strategy since 2017.

By: Eddy Goldberg

Source: Franchising

US firm cuts deal for kitchen makeover franchise group

March 3, 2019

A premium kitchen makeover and bedroom wardrobe franchiser with more than 90 showrooms across the UK has been acquired by US-headquartered Neighborly.

Dream Doors was founded on providing kitchen makeovers and recently expanded to offer custom wardrobes in bedrooms.

Founder and chairman Troy Tappenden will be stepping down and departing from the company. The Dream Doors network will continue to be overseen by managing director Philip Carr who has been instrumental in implementing the brand’s long-term expansion strategy since 2017.

The deal includes 91 locally-owned and operated franchise showrooms of Dream Doors across the UK.

The acquisition is Neighborly’s first of 2019 and means the business now has a total of 22 service brands, nearly 3,700 franchise owners and more than 850 associates across nine countries.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Home Improvement Franchises in the UK

“By joining the world’s largest franchisor of home services, Dream Doors will gain new vendor relationships, a powerful peer group of other Neighborly service brands and more,” said Dream Doors’ Philip Carr. “Supported by Neighborly’s expertise moving forward, I look forward to this new phase of growth for our brand.”

Mike Bidwell, president and chief executive of Neighborly added: “Dream Doors has delivered on its promise of ‘new life for old kitchens and bedrooms’ for the past 20 years, making the brand a perfect complement to Neighborly Brands’ community of premium home services.”

Dream Doors is headquartered in Portsmouth.

Source: Insider Media

Dream Doors franchisees achieve impressive results

February 7, 2019

Dream Doors, the UK’s No. 1 kitchen makeover company, is set to have its best year ever, with a projected annual turnover of £50m and a new product range going on sale.

Newcomers to the business in 2019 will have the potential to earn a six-figure salary quickly, and benefit from joining one of the nation’s leading home-improvement brands.

Last year, Dream Doors’ franchisees generated over £44million in sales – making it a record year for the company and a strong foundation for future growth.

Part of that growth will come from Dream Doors’ brand new range of bedroom furniture, which is being promoted on a dedicated new website and provides increased earning potential.

For most people, that potential to make great money is the main draw of franchising. So, what can Dream Doors offer you?

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Home Improvement Franchises in the UK

High earners
Among the highest earners in the network in 2018 were Angela and Clive Coldwell of Poole, who generated over £1.3m in sales.

Clive said the Dream Doors model has proved to be ‘far more lucrative’ than either he or his wife ever imagined. He added: “When you buy into a Dream Doors franchise, you buy into the knowledge and expertise that comes with it.

“Most franchises are about being a one-man band with a van – that’s not what we wanted. We wanted to grow more than that.

“Dream Doors struck us as one that we could grow the most with and achieve the most with.”

Clive and Angela’s business certainly has grown, with them making over £8million worth of sales since their showroom launched just a few years ago.

Perhaps you’re drawn to the idea of franchising as a way to restore some work/life balance and to spend more time with your family while still earning great money.

Related: Join Dream Doors, the UK’s biggest name in kitchen facelifts

You don’t need any sales or business management experience to make a Dream Doors showroom a success – all you need is £35,000, with the opportunity to borrow the remaining start-up requirements through bank funding, and the ability to follow a tried and tested business model.

Comprehensive training
New starters go through a comprehensive three-week training course after which they begin making sales and earning good money immediately.

Dream Doors’ dedicated business development managers help new franchisees set up their showroom and hold a grand opening which always generates great publicity.

Business development managers support Dream Doors’ franchisees throughout their trading lifecycles as do the company’s award-winning marketing and sales support departments.

So, with the potential to earn £150,000 a year, for modest start-up costs AND regaining control of your work/life balance as part of a market-leading brand – why wouldn’t you want to be part of Dream Doors’ success story?

There are just 19 new franchise territories available nationwide, particularly in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.

We also have some highly lucrative showroom resale opportunities available following the early retirement of some very successful franchisees.

Source: Franchise World

Dream Doors’ £750,000 investment in training centre

December 24, 2018

Dream Doors, the kitchen makeover retailer, has invested £750,000 in a new state-of-the-art training centre, featuring a range of the company’s products alongside the latest appliances from brands Blanco, Franke, Karndean and Samsung.

Based in the grounds of the Grade II listed Cams Hall Estate in Fareham, Hampshire, Dream Doors said that this new facility was a major milestone in the company’s development, adding the infrastructure required to support 100 franchisees by the end of next year.

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Dream Doors was recently able to run its largest ever franchisee training course at the site, taking seven new business owners and their partners through a comprehensive three-week programme.

The company explains that new franchisees in training who won’t have had any previous kitchen industry experience learn how to deal with customers, how to find and recruit staff, how to survey kitchens and how to order parts.

Dream Doors says that its 84 existing franchisees will also benefit from the new centre, with continuous training and development undertaken at the site.

Ed Brewer, director of UK sales, said: “We offer industry leading and award-winning training and support. So investing in this new training centre is fitting for the size and status our company has grown to enjoy.

“It was high time to move into a state-of-the-art, purpose-built training centre. It lets us replicate what our business owners will have to do in customers’ homes in a controlled learning environment.

Related: Join Dream Doors, the UK’s biggest name in kitchen facelifts

“For existing franchisees, we will also be rolling out a series of workshops and courses designed to cater to those who are at a more advanced stage of their Dream Doors career. This is all part of our ethos of continual professional development.

“Dream Doors is continuously reinvesting in training and support for its new and existing franchisees. In short, while the training centre looks fantastic, it’s not there to be pretty, it’s to help all of our franchisees accelerate their businesses.”

Dream Doors has 19 remaining territories available in the UK and is particularly looking to recruit franchisees for the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.

Source: Franchise World

Join Dream Doors, the UK’s biggest name in kitchen facelifts

August 21, 2018

Launched in 1999 and franchising for 15 years, Dream Doors is now the UK’s largest kitchen facelift retailer. A multi-award winner with 80 showrooms nationwide, it is a full member of the British Franchise Association and one of the most recognised brands within UK franchising.

A time and money-saving concept with local customer service
Dream Doors provides the nation’s homeowners with what they want. Something that saves them more than just money. In fact, it saves them something that can never be bought back. And that’s time.

An average kitchen makeover takes just two days to install. Compare that to the week or more for a full kitchen fit out, and it’s easy to see why customers love the convenience of a Dream Doors kitchen facelift. Of course, customers welcome the £1,000s they save over a complete kitchen as well. So much so that the business has grown every year since it started and is on target to achieve network sales of £43.5m this year.

Related: Dream Doors’ £750,000 investment in training centre

Like most great ideas, the Dream Doors concept is a simple one. Instead of ripping out kitchen units and carcasses which, in most cases, are built to last, the company swaps what can be seen – the kitchen doors, drawers, work surfaces and sinks. This fast and cost-effective transformation provides what looks like a brand new kitchen for significantly less time, money and stress.

Who becomes a Dream Doors franchisee?
Dream Doors franchisees come from so many different backgrounds; there really isn’t a common denominator amongst them. Somewhat surprisingly, though, hardly any of the company’s 80 franchisees come from a kitchen-related background, and, says recruitment director Alex Waite, that has no influence on their success.

“It really doesn’t matter what career any of our candidates have had before,” he says. “We look at the individual as a person, taking into account what skills they possess but, more importantly, what attitude they display towards us, our brand and our customers.

“Most of our franchisees haven’t any previous experience of this sector, nor have they run a business before, which is why the training and support that we provide is so important, and why we’ve invested so heavily in personnel and one-to-one coaching for all our franchisees – both new and long established.”

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Home Improvement Franchises in the UK

Why become a Dream Doors franchisee?
Is there anything else that the company does to attract new talent to its growing network? Dream Doors is on target to reach 100 franchisees soon and, says Alex, there are certain areas of the UK in which he is focusing his search.

“We’re pretty full in the South of the country, and have very few opportunities left in the Midlands. But there are lots of prime locations still available in the North East, North West and around Yorkshire,” he says. “Our business attracts professionals both young and old and, as we’re at pains to point out, not necessarily from the kitchen sector.

“I’d say to anyone out there who might be fed up of working hard for somebody else, tired of seeing their efforts go unrewarded, or sick of lengthy commutes and time spent away from your family, that this business could be perfect for them.

“If you’re good with people, well organised and prepared to put in the hours, you could be running a half-a-million pound business within a year.”

Source: Franchise World